Godavari-Krishna mangroves

This ecoregion forms intertidal coastal ecosystems along much of the eastern coast of the Indian Peninsula. These form larger mangrove forest tracts around the deltas of the major east-flowing river systems with mangrove belts along mudflats and coasts. They form dense interlocked stands of specialised trees adapted to recurring inundation, high salinity, and the dynamic coast – ocean interface. Species of Avicennia, Rhizophora, Sonneratia, and Bruguiera occur. The mangroves shield the eastern shoreline against extreme climate events and large-scale erosion. For all their ecological and social value, mangrove ecosystems are little known and are threatened by anthropogenic pressures like urbanisation, industrial intrusion, farming, and pollution.

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